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Meet Our North Atlanta Optometrists

Optometrists inside LensCrafters in Atlanta's Northlake Mall

At Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates, we specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Our eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

Our optometrists in LensCrafters at Northlake Mall in Atlanta, Georgia, take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Imagine being Superman’s eye doctor!

Dr. Warstadt, Optometrist in Atlanta, Georgia

In the 1970’s-80’s when I was growing up in Westport, Connecticut, Fairfield County was an enclave of artists. Without really thinking about the talent and accomplishment of the company I was keeping, I played golf with Mort Walker, who was famous for “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi and Lois” (with Dik Browne); with Dik Browne, who was famous for “Hagar the Horrible” and “Hi and Lois” (with Mort Walker); and with Curt Swan, who drew Superman.

Curt was a close family friend who bowled with my mother and sold me my first car, a turquoise Datsun B210 hatchback. I was not aware at the time that his depictions were considered the definitive characterization of the Silver Age of Superman. When Christopher Reeve was preparing for the movies, he looked to Curt’s drawings for his physical approach to the character. When Jerry Seinfeld wanted to make a commercial interacting with an animated Superman, he wanted Superman to be drawn in the style of Curt Swan. For us, Curt was simply a family friend who drew Superman comics for a living, and so it seemed very natural to ask him to draw a picture of me examining Superman’s eyes. Now it is a cherished reminder of a remarkable man and the extraordinary talent he shared with the world.

Meet our Atlanta Eye Doctors

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Dr. Steven Warstadt, of Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates, has been a mainstay in the LensCrafters at Northlake Mall since 1991. Dr. Warstadt received his BA from Emory University in 1982 and graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1987. He has spent his entire professional career in the Atlanta area, nearly all of it at the Northlake LensCrafters.

A member of the American Optometric Association, the Georgia Optometric Association, as well as the Southern Council of Optometrists, Dr. Warstadt is also an active member of the community. He is a member of the Sandy Springs Lions Club and participates in LensCrafters Hometown Days and Vision Vans to provide free eye care opportunities to local schoolchildren. He is currently the chief optometrist at his practice in Northlake, GA.

Dr. Warstadt has traveled to 11 countries with Luxottica’s One Sight foundation to provide eye care and eyeglasses to those in need.

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Dr. Sonal Patel, of Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates, was born in Gujarat, India. She moved to the United States at the age of two and was raised in Georgia. Her Bachelor of Science degree is from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and she attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee for her Doctor of Optometry.

Dr. Patel prides herself on providing comprehensive eye care to her patients of all ages, but in particular she enjoys treating her pediatric patients. She had brought many skills and mostly a warm personality to Dr. Warstadt‘s office.

She currently lives in Johns Creek with her husband and 3 daughters. In her spare time, she is passionate about traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family.

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Dr. Rottman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2010 and his Doctorate of Optometry in 2014, both from Indiana University. He was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, an International Optometric Honor Society during his optometric studies. He currently is a member of the Georgia Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Rottman treats and manages multiple ocular diseases, including dry eye, inflammatory diseases of the eye, macular degeneration, cataracts, and systemic problems such as Diabetes that may affect the eyes. He also performs routine eye exams and fits contact lenses for patients of all ages.

He is happy to call Decatur home with his wife Caitlyn and dogs Penny and Poppy. Congratulations to Dr. Rottman and Caitlyn welcoming a baby boy!

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Dr. Friedman received her BA from Emory University and her Doctorate of Optometry at UC Berkeley School of Optometry. She completed a post-doctoral residency in low vision and ocular pathology at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration. Dr. Friedman has always enjoyed practicing primary care optometry. She has had vast experience in working with patients from ages 9 months to 99 years. She worked for years in an exclusive California Optical Boutique as well as regularly providing eye exams for the indigent. Dr. Friedman has maintained a special passion for working with the blind and visually impaired.

She was also a clinical associate professor at Southern California College of Optometry teaching students to perform low vision exams. Over the years she has continued to practice low vision part-time in a variety of settings. Due to Dr. Friedman’s unusual array of experience, she brings a level of expertise as well as a certain compassion to each of her exams. From educating first-time contact lens wearers, to counseling patients after diagnosing macular degeneration, Dr. Friedman is dedicated to meeting each patient’s needs and concerns.

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Dr. W. Patrick Parks dreamed of being an eye specialist since his teenage years. His undergraduate studies began with biology and pre-medical science at the University of Georgia from ’91 to ’95. He went on to earn a Bachelors in Vision Science in ’97 and received his Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University in ’99.

Recognizing his high academic achievements, he was elected to the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society and his practice acumen was acknowledged by Marchon’s Practice Management Award.

During his years as an aspiring student, Dr. Parks also worked as an ophthalmic lab technician and optician. This included complete ophthalmic lens fabrication, production equipment maintenance, and optical dispensing. Upon graduating, he received recognition with an Excellence in Ophthalmic Dispensing Award from Essilor, a world-leading lens manufacturer. His multifaceted experience in these areas gives him an insightful perspective when addressing patients’ unique visual needs with conventional eyewear. Dr. Parks has completed a series of clinical rotations including experience in advanced studies of glaucoma therapies, LASIK co-management, and treatment of ocular disease. His training also afforded him extensive knowledge in contact lens management, including challenging patient cases.

Dr. Parks enjoys listening to his patients, so he can provide the best solutions to your eye problems or unique visual circumstances. He takes the time to completely review each of your concerns and believes that making sure you are completely informed is an integral part of patient care. From routine eye health evaluations, infections, urgent care for trauma, and surgical consultations, Dr. Parks’ experience and training can be trusted. He strives to provide an eye care experience beyond compare.

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